Constructive destructions or: Why I’m musing over a manhole cover


Filed under: Development Peace and security

Sparks fly. A distinct smell fills the air. Twisted metal, slowly morphs into liquid. Under the watchful eyes of police officers, metal workers, and other observers, sawed up rifles and tagged guns are moved into the furnace, ceasing to exist as we know them – threatening, powerful, lethal. I’m at a gun destruction event somewhere… Read more »

On violence: A new approach in Serbia with the New School


Filed under: Gender equality Human rights and rule of law Social innovation

Recent statistics reveals the alarming prevalence of violence against women in Serbia: 54 percent of women were exposed to some form of violence during their lifetime, while only 10 percent contacted services for assistance. This violence presents a complex social problem. It is both a root cause of gender inequality as well as an extreme… Read more »

Being the change: Social innovation takes Serbia


Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion

Social innovation workshops are all about bringing together designers and software developers with citizen experts for realistic and need-driven solutions to the social problems they face. In Serbia, we decided to take this idea to the people. Last month in the towns of Novi Pazar, Tutin and Nova Varos, we unveiled Serbia’s first ever social… Read more »

Even the best reform laws just aren’t enough anymore


Filed under: Human rights and rule of law

Three things are required from a democratic country wishing to improve its human rights record: implementation, implementation and implementation. Why implementation? Because changing laws is one thing, but ensuring that those changes take hold is another matter entirely. Over the past 13 years, Serbian legislation has undergone a complete overhaul. As a party to all… Read more »